UPDATED: Ducan got $50,000, denounces practice after the fact.
Today's education news includes coverage of a report from the BGA about over-spending at CPS on sick and vacation days, as well as a couple of other items (Phyllis Lockett on the hot seat for disrespecting neighborhood schools, concerns among high school parents about the longer day -- see previous post.) Happy Friday!
Cash-strapped CPS spends millions on workers for unused sick and vacation days Sun Times: The cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools system spends tens of millions of dollars annually on a perk that few other employers offer: cash to departing employees for unused time off. Since 2006, the district paid a total $265 million to employees for unused sick and vacation days.
Teachers can't thrive as 'lone rangers' Catalyst (commentary): In my dozen-plus years as a social studies teacher at Thornton Fractional South High School in south suburban Lansing, Ill., I’ve become well practiced in the art of doing more with less.
Phyllis Lockett Slams 'Unfortunate'Chicago Public Schools Huffington Post: In a letter to the Sun-Times, Sarah Hainds of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) argues that Lockett's statements were out of line, and representative of widely-held opinions that Chicago's public schools aren't worth saving.
Neighbors: Site not fit for new school Tribune: Chicago Public Schools' plan to build an elementary school on polluted property in the shadow of the Chicago Skyway and an expiring coal-fired power plant near the Indiana border is raising the ire of parents in the working-class neighborhood.